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North Carolina - Trillium Gap to LeConte Lodge

Hello Ladies! It's Stephanie, one of your ambassadors, and I'll be leading this hike!

If you are a registered member and have your punch card, don’t forget to bring it so I can initial it! If you’re not a registered member, you can find out more about how to become one and get a punch card of your own here:
https://girls-who-hike.myshopify.com/pro…/gwh-new-member-kit

TRAIL INFORMATION:
Trail Rating: RED: Strenuous hike,possible unmarked trail, elevation gain of 2,500 ft. 4L of water required.
Date: September 19th
Start Time: 9 am- Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so we can leave at 9 am.
Distance: ~ 13 Miles Loop
Elevation Gained: ~ 3,401 Feet
Location: Grotto Falls Parking Area
Dogs: Yes
Kids: No
Men: No
Track: Out and Back
http://www.lecontelodge.com/about/hiking-trails/

http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/lecontetrillium.htm

FROM LECONTE LODGE WEBSITE
"Q. What is the easiest trail?
A. Contrary to printed information, the Boulevard Trail is not the easiest trail to the lodge. It is the longest trail and it is continuously descending and climbing with the last 1 1/2 mile of 800 ft. elevation gain. Some people feel that the Trillium Gap trail (6.7 miles) is the easiest trail to the lodge as this is the trail the llamas use to bring supplies three times a week and it is not as steep as the other trails. "

As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups.
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We will be stopping at LeConte Lodge. There are refreshments available for a minimal price. 
Information: http://www.lecontelodge.com/about/day-hikers/

FROM LECONTE LODGE WEBSITE:
"Day Hiker Services
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The lodge will also offer our day hikers beverages: hot chocolate, coffee, and lemonade for $4.00 each and assorted baked goods for $1.00 each from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. All cups must be returned to the kitchen by 5:00 pm.

Day hikers may purchase any of the items sold in the Lodge Gift Shop located in the office. Please refer to the list of souvenir items available. Payment is accepted by check, cash or credit card with ID. AMEX and gift cards are not accepted."


It will be the heat of the summer so please bring a full bladder and extra water. We will also stop for a snack during the hike. 
This hike is open to hikers of all skill levels. We’ll be hiking as a group (Ohana!), and nobody will be left behind or forgotten.

Earlier Event: September 18
Tennessee - Window Cliffs
Later Event: September 20
Wisconsin - Congdon Park